Renewable and Sustainable Energy Systems (ME 520)

2021 Spring
Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
Serhat Ye┼čilyurt,
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Doctoral, Master
Formal lecture,Interactive lecture,Recitation
Interactive,Communicative,Discussion based learning,Project based learning
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Topics covered are fundamentals of the renewable and sustainable energy systems technology, thermo-economic analysis and the current research trends in improving the energy production from terrestrial water and air flows, solar irradiation, nuclear fission and controlled plasma for fusion, energy conversion alternatives such as hydrogen fuel cells, small and large scale energy storage such as electric batteries, thermal and compressed-gas, and the current research on the electric transmission grids and an introductory economic analysis of the domestic electric use in the future.


Knowledge & understanding:

Upon successful completion students will be able to:
- Improve intuition and understanding of renewable and sustainable energy systems such as wind, hydro, solar, fuel cells and nuclear reactors;
- Gain insight into the application basic science and engineering fundamentals to analyze renewable and sustainable energy systems;
- Improve understanding of thermodynamic laws, energy transport mechanisms, radiation and climate change.

Intellectual (thinking) skills: application:

Students will be able to:

-Identify issues facing the renewable energy industry and climate change
-Analyse wind speed data and wind turbine performance in a given wind regime
-Identify the various components of a wind turbine and their functions and types
-Identify planning and environmental issues related to wind power systems
-Describe main features and operation of solar hot water systems and photovoltaic systems
-Describe main features and opeation of nuclear power reactors
-Understand risks of radiation
-Describe main features and operation of hydrogen fuel cells

Practical skills
Students will be able to
- Identify reasonable assumptions and conduct simple analysis of energy systems
- Undertake problem identification, formulation and solution
- Identify issues facing the renewable energy industry

Transferable Skills
On successful completion of the course, students will be able to:
-Work with others on solution strategies but solve the actual problem on their own thorough homework assignments.
-Understand and communicate professional and ethical responsibilities


  Percentage (%)
Midterm 25
Individual Project 25
Presentation 10
Homework 25



Fundamentals of Renewable Energy Processes, Aldo Vieira da Rosa, Academic Press


Sustainable Energy ? without the Hot Air, David JC MacKay, 2010